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  • dsrthiry May 14, 2009

    i lost the key i thought if i broke it it will start but i messed it up bad

  • dsrthiry May 14, 2009

    i figured that i bought the key w/the clynder the switch from a local store and the the part that goes around the key n cylinder from the dealer does it matter , and they can program it still or i have to get the parts all from the dealer

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    juggernautxt May 11, 2010

    is there a light shaped like a key in the dash flashing?


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You will need to replace the switch and the key and have both reprogrammed to start the vehicle, the focus has a key recognition program to help theft issues they will not start without the proper key code being sent to the pcm from a programmed key. you will need to take it to a ford dealer to repair this issue.

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    juggernautxt May 15, 2009

    no you can put it in your self but will require the dealer to program the computer and key to match.
    need the dealer communication computer to talk to the computer to do this.


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